August 21, 2007

F-22A Raptor

The F-22A Raptor ought remain exclusively for U.S. use

I am opposed to any suggestion of selling the F-22A to Japan or any nation for that matter.

This is no ordinary fighter jet, in mock dogfights its pilots commonly take on six F-15 Eagles at once. Despite the favorable odds, the F-15s, still one of the world's most capable fighters, are no contest for the fastest radar-evading stealth jet ever built and the world's only operational fifth-generation fighter aircraft.

This article highlights why selling this plane remains risky and adds to a growing chorus of concerns about a possible sale, the Project on Government Oversight organisation has also expressed concern in a recent letter to Senator John McCain:

Senator John McCain
241 Russell Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator McCain, POGO appreciates that you are holding hearings on the F-22. We find it distressing that the U.S. appears to be at, or rapidly approaching, a point at which the only way we can afford tactical air superiority is to eventually undermine it by selling it abroad. It strikes us, that if we as a nation are going to continue to develop and upgrade F-15 and F-16 technology not just for our own forces but also for export, we must retain the F-22 exclusively for U.S. use; or, if the F-22 is cancelled, we must limit the upgrade technology available for foreign export.
A recent CRS report for congress highlighted that there is only luke warm opposition to selling the craft.

Key paragraph:

"The executive branch proposes and Congress reviews arms sales on a case-by-case basis. The sale of F-22s to Japan raises both broad questions about the security environment in East Asia and questions that are specific to domestic interests. Factors that argue for a transfer include potential benefits to U.S. industry, contribution to the defense of allied countries, and promoting U.S. interoperability with those countries. Factors that argue against a particular arms transfer include the likelihood of technology proliferation and the potential for undermining regional stability."
The F-22A must remain exclusively for U.S. use and whilst Japan remains a close ally, given the planes advanced electronic architecture, stealth aspects, and new-generation data links, security concerns prevail.
For further information on this amazing plane click here and here.


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